Quality Enhancement Plan FAQs

The Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) is the component of the reaffirmation process that reflects and affirms the commitment of the Commission on Colleges to enhancing the quality of higher education in the region and to focusing attention on student learning. The QEP describes a carefully designed course of action that addresses a well-defined and focused topic or issue related to enhancing student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning and accomplishing the mission of the institution. The QEP should be embedded within the institution’s ongoing, integrated institution-wide planning and evaluation process and may very well evolve from this existing process or from other processes related to the institution’s internal reaffirmation review.

The QEP and its development present Blinn with an opportunity to enhance the overall institutional quality and effectiveness by focusing on a single key issue – first-year student success. Colleges throughout the nation undergo the QEP process to develop an important element of their institutional mission, and the development and implementation of Blinn’s QEP is an important element of its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation.

Blinn’s QEP is titled Destination Success: First-Year Focus, and is designed to help first-year college students make the transition from high school to college coursework. To do this we have created learning communities, which research has shown increases students’ learning outcomes and retention rate.